The Avonworth School District athletic fields and grounds are now open for use.  Updates, announcements, information, and resources related to COVID-19 and our District's response can be found here:  http://www.avonworth.k12.pa.us/Coronavirus.aspx

 

The Avonworth Board of Directors School Board Meeting on August 10, 2020 will take place virtually.  If you would like to register to attend either meeting, please use the following link to access the registrations link:  http://www.avonworth.k12.pa.us/VirtualMeetingInformation.aspx

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Coronavirus

August 11, 2020

Dear Avonworth School Community,


At last night’s School Board Meeting, the Board voted in support of Dr. Ralston’s recommendation to reopen schools in the half-day model for grades K-6 and the hybrid model for grades 7-12.  These models apply to students/families who have chosen to start the 2020-2021 school in the in-person model.  To provide you with additional information regarding the reopening operational plan for each school building, our building principals have constructed Reopening Operational Plans specific to their respective buildings.  Each building’s operational plan can be accessed using the links below.  A link is also provided to access a message from each of the principals.  

Message from the APC/AES Administrative

APC/AES Building Reopening Operational Plan

Message from Mr. Hall, Middle School Principal

AMS Building Reopening Operational Plan

Message from Mrs. Keera Dwulit, High School Principal

AHS Building Reopening Operational Plan

For those students and families that have chosen to begin the 2020-2021 school year in the Avonworth Virtual Academy, a separate email was sent to you from Mrs. Ives or Mrs. Remensky.  However, you may also click HERE to access the message from Mrs. Ives and Mrs. Remensky.  

We would also like to inform you that the Board voted in support of an adjustment to the 2020-2021 school calendar last evening.  Shortly, we will share the entire revised calendar with you. It will also be posted on the District’s website in the next day or two.  The most immediate change to alert you to is a change to the start of school.  The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 will be on September 1, 2020.  The first day of school for our kindergarten students will be on September 2, 2020.

Lastly, we would like to remind you that face coverings will be required to be worn by students.  If you believe that your child may be exempt from wearing a facial covering due to a mental/medical condition or disability, you must provide medical documentation to the school prior to your child's attendance.  Please contact your child's principal with questions.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience.  Although this school year may be different than what we are all accustomed to, we will work together to make it a success for our students. 

Have a wonderful evening!


Additional Information 


Information Regarding the Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings in Schools


The Avonworth School District administration is preparing operational models for the 2020-2021 school year. In creating our operational plans, we are consulting with health officials and reviewing all guidance and recommendations provided to schools with regard to developing reopening plans. We are using the following pillars to guide our planning: physical and mental health of students and staff; educational appropriateness for students; training and preparation of staff; flexibility for change; and continual communication. The District plans to have our final Health & Safety Plan approved by our Board of Directors at the August 3, 2020, School Board meeting. However, prior to August 3, the information will be shared with our parents/guardians, and surveys will be sent to gather necessary data for finalizing our operational models. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will respond immediately to any changes that occur and/or any direction provided by the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, or Centers for Disease Control.

Athletics Information

At the June 26, 2020 School Board meeting, the Avonworth Board of Directors approved the Avonworth School District's Athletics Health & Safety/ Return to Athletics Plan.  Please use the following link to access the plan.  
 
 
On July 15, 2020, the PIAA released the following statement regarding fall sports.
 
 
 

Precautions

To protect yourself and your community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions be taken to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Washing hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue (Do not use your hands!)
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cleaning touch-surfaces frequently, including counter tops, light switches, cell phones and remotes
  • Encouraging fist and elbow pumps over handshakes and high-fives
  • Not sharing food or drink
  • Staying home if you are sick and for at least 24 hours after a fever

Our teachers and nurses continue to reinforce behaviors of good hygiene with our students.  Our custodians have increased their efforts by disinfecting surfaces and door knobs on the interior and exterior doors throughout the day.  

Additional Academic Resources

Links to Additional Academic Resources
What is Coronavirus and how to teach kids about the outbreak.
BrainPOP created this short, animated video to help teach children about the outbreak and to help calm their fears.
 
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